Maine

Maine Ski Resorts Ranked & Mapped

There are eleven ski resorts in Maine, with the majority concentrated on the southwestern portion of the state. Acadia National Park is located on the eastern coast, and is only near two of the smaller ski areas in the state.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Best Months: May, September, June & July
Hours: Year round, 24 hours a day
Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

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List of All Maine Ski Resorts

Sugarloaf and Sunday River ski resorts are a part of the super popular IKON nationwide ski pass. However, the majority of Maine’s ski resorts are not affiliated with any of these types of ski pass networks.

ResortPassLocation
Bigrock MountainCherryfield, ME, 04622
Black MountainRumford, ME, 04276
Camden Snow BowlRockport, ME, 04856
Lost ValleyAuburn, ME, 04210
Mt. AbramGreenwood, ME, 04255
New HermonSouth China, ME, 04358
SaddlebackINDYSwans Island, ME, 04685
Shawnee PeakBridgton, ME, 04009
SugarloafIKON,COLLCarrabassett Valley, ME, 04947
Sunday RiverIKONBethel, ME, 4217
Titcomb MountainFarmington, ME, 04938

Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’

Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

The Most Difficult Maine Ski Resorts

Sugarloaf Mountain is the most well-known of all Maine’s ski resorts, and for good reason. It is the most difficult in the state, and is one of the top three most challenging ski resorts in the Northeast. Sugarloaf has the most trails, the steepest vertical and the highest summit of all the state’s ski resorts. Sugarloaf is the unquestioned leader of Maine’s ski industry.

The Sunday River and Saddleback ski resorts round out the top three in Maine. Both have over 50% of their trails rated for experts, and they also happen to be the second, and third-largest resorts in the state as well.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1Sugarloaf22%32%46%67%
#2Sunday River30%36%34%55%
#3Saddleback32%32%36%52%
#4Black Mountain29%35%36%44%
#5Shawnee Peak25%50%25%42%

The Easiest Ski Resorts in Maine

New Hermon Mountain comes in as the most beginner-friendly ski hill in Maine. Just barely beating out Titcomb Mountain, New Hermon has about 40% of its trails dedicated to beginners.

In fact, most of Maine’s ski resorts are great for beginners. Outside of Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Saddleback, all of Maine’s ski areas are below average (in the US) in difficulty level.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1New Hermon40%30%30%31%
#2Titcomb Mountain25%50%25%32%
#3Camden Snow Bowl20%60%20%38%
#4Mt. Abram28%48%24%38%
#5Bigrock Mountain11%75%14%38%

The Largest Ski Resorts in Maine

Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?

Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.

The three most challenging ski resorts in Maine are also the three largest. As mentioned above, these three are the only resorts in the state that have above-average difficulty, and their 2,000+ ft verticals are one of the main contributing factors. However, Sugarloaf is the largest by far. It has over 1,200 skiable acres, 160+ ski runs, and the highest summit in the state.

Rank ResortSummit ElevationBase ElevationVertical DropAcresTrails
#1Sugarloaf4,237 ft1,417 ft2,820 ft1,240162
#2Sunday River3,140 ft800 ft2,340 ft870135
#3Saddleback4,120 ft2,460 ft2,000 ft60068
#4Shawnee Peak1,700 ft400 ft1,300 ft24940
#5Black Mountain2,150 ft1,000 ft1,150 ft4835

Neighboring States

New Hampshire and Vermont are great states for skiing as well, and are, in fact, slightly higher than Maine in our state-by-state rankings. To the north in Quebec, the skiing is not quite as good, but you’ll have loads of options (it has over 70 ski areas!).